If you’ve always wanted to be a bender, your time has nearly arrived. Magpie Games announced on Wednesday that they’re diving into the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra to make a tabletop roleplaying game. We’re ecstatic to hear this news. These animated series have such a rich world ripe for crafting adventures and quests. The possibilities for the roleplaying system from bending, to combat, to beliefs seem endless. They have so much wonderful source material to pull from.
CEO of Magpie Games Mark Diaz Truman said in a statement, “The stories of Avatar are so moving for us because they are joyous and heartbreaking. We’re incredibly excited to bring the tales of brave benders and loyal friendships to tabletop roleplaying games; we know so many fans of both series have been waiting years for this moment! We’re also thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Asian designers like James Mendez Hodes to bring the world of Avatar Aang and Avatar Korra to life in a way that’s true to the authentic, diverse spirit of both shows.”
The idea of being a bender in the roleplaying game is a dream, but we’re sure the game will offer other roles as well. For example, I hope you can play a cabbage merchant. Magpie Games will have players build characters using playbook templates. Their release states that players “might protect local merchants from the Triple Threat Triad in Republic City, travel through a spirit portal to rescue a child taken into the Spirit World, negotiate peace between feuding communities within the Earth Kingdom, or pursue mysteries (and villains) that arise throughout their adventures!”
Magpie Games already has a release date in mind for the Avatar: The Last Airbender tabletop roleplaying game too. The Core Book will arrive in February 2022. Two supplements, Republic City and The Spirit World, will follow in August 2022 and February 2023. I know I’m not alone in saying my dice and I stand ready.